Nov. 04, 2012
The government of Eritrea on Thursday blamed Ethiopia for its delay in being accepted to rejoin the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
Eritrean Ambassador to Kenya Beyene Russom told a press conference in Nairobi that Ethiopia was fighting his country’s efforts to join IGAD.
“Mainly it was Ethiopia that prevented Eritrea from coming back. It accused Eritrea of doing this and doing that… it was accusing the country of wrong doing and the other countries were listening to what it was saying,” he said.
While he said that his country was ready to embrace peace with all countries, he regretted that Eritrea was not getting along with Ethiopia.
However he said Eritrea was ready to dialogue but on condition that Ethiopia withdraws its troops from Eritrea.
Source: Capital News.
Last week the President of Kenya told the Eritrean Ambassador you have to abide by the rules and work for peace before you can rejoin the IGAD.
"In his response, President Kibaki welcomed Eritrea's decision to rejoin IGAD subject to the Government of Eritrea's support for regional peace initiatives," said a PPS statement to the newsroom.
Why is the urgency by Eritrea to join the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)? It seems Eritrea is afraid of something or someone if not why the sudden love for IGAD. Recent reports from Eritrea indicated the regime is arming virtually everyone including seventy years old elderly.
Regional Analysts who know detail information about the one man regime in Eritrea and the Horn of Africa say Eritrea is not worried about joining the IGAD. The real reason is its military advisers to Al-Shabab are trapped in Southern Somalia. The African Union, Ethiopian, and Kenyan offensive has wiped out Al-Shabab from their strong hold last month. Eritrean military advisors and top Al-Shabab commanders are pinned down in the jungle of Southern Somalia. The Eritrean government is trying to get them through Kenya.